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His long struggle with the Roman papacy ended with the transfer of the Curia to AvignonFrance beginning the so-called Babylonian Captivity— He also secured French royal power by wars on barons and neighbours and by restriction of feudal usages. His troubled childhood and the series of blows he suffered explain in some measure the conflicting elements in his adult personality. In his father married Marie de Brabant, a beautiful and cultivated woman, and, with her arrival at court, intrigue began to flourish.
In the same year, the two-year-old Joan, heiress of Champagne and Navarre, was welcomed as a refugee.
Reared with the royal children, she would, when she was 12, become the bride of Philip the Fair. He found it in Louis IXwhose memory was increasingly venerated as the of miracles attributed to him mounted. A more self-confident person might have been able to discriminate realistically among the sometimes artificially exaggerated stories and the utopian ideals. Philip, however, became convinced that it was his God-given duty to attain the lofty goals of his grandfather.
When Philip was 16, he was knighted and married to Joan of Navarre. When his father died in OctoberPhilip immediately abandoned the venture. He dispatched investigators to inquire into the conduct of royal officials and into infringements upon royal prerogatives.
Nevertheless, the war was ificant. Before the peace, but after fighting with England had ceased, Philip made a move to crush the Flemish, only to see a host of his nobles fall at the Battle of the Golden Spurs in Finally, inPhilip forced Flanders to accept a harsh peace treaty that exacted heavy reparations and humiliating penalties. In financing the prolonged effort against Flanders, Philip had held assemblies and had bartered privileges and promises of reform for support in the war. Most important, in abandoning the property taxes that earlier had been levied for defense, he enforced the principle that all must fight to defend France but might purchase exemption if they wished.
This successful policy was later employed as a regular wartime expedient by the French monarchy. Philip IV. Additional Info. Print print Print.
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